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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'CSI' & 'SVU' Up, 'The Middle', 'The Voice' & 'Modern Family' Hit Lows + 'Arrow' & 'Supernatural' Flat

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May 8th, 2013

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Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC UNI CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.8/8 2.4/7 2.1/6 1.9/5 1.3/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.4/4 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.1/4 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 10.827 9.662 7.529 6.132 3.331 2.338


FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49  and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 2.8, down a tenth from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.
For those interested, American Idol earned a 2.5 in the hour it shared with The Voice results show.

On CBS, Survivor scored a 2.5, up a tenth from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds earned a 2.5, also up a tenth from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. CSI garnered a 2.2, up three tenths from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The Voice results earned a series low 2.7.  Law And Order: SVU earned a 1.9, up four tenths  from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire scored a 1.8, up a tenth from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle scored a season low 1.8, down two tenths from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49. Family Tools earned a 1.1, down four tenths from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 premiere. Modern Family garnered a season low 3.1, down half a ratings point from last week's 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) notched a 2.0, down a tenth from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville scored a 1.6, down a tenth from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

 

On The CW, Arrow was even last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural was also flat with last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

 

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Overnight ratings for Wednesday, May 8, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 2.8 8 10.82
NBC The Voice 2.7 8 8.77
CBS Survivor: Caramoan 2.5 8 9.33
ABC The Middle 1.8 6 6.70
CW Arrow 0.9 3 2.56
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8:30PM ABC Family Tools 1.1 3 4.43
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9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 3.1 9 8.84
CBS Criminal Minds 2.5 7 9.92
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.9 5 6.97
CW Supernatural 0.9 2 2.11
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9:30PM ABC How To Live With Your Parents 2.0 5 5.99
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10:00PM CBS CSI 2.2 6 9.73
NBC Chicago Fire 1.8 5 6.89
ABC Nashville 1.6 4 5.42

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via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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Definitions: Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • BenA

    Stupid Family Tools bringing down the ABC line-up!

  • Ted Craig

    The Middle seems more sensitive than most shows to AI and The Voice.

  • scandalous

    Family tools dragging the ABC lineup down. Cancel it now! I expect middle to move to Tuesdays next year.

  • Dante

    Why was Chicago Fire renewed?

  • S.P.

    GO NBC !!!

  • Max Vrany

    @Dante, because a 1.8 is excellent for NBC.

  • Mitchell

    Great episodes of Arrow and Chicago Fire last night!

    Was that supposed to be a backdoor spinoff pilot for Chicago Fire though? was pretty half-arsed if it was.

  • Ted Craig

    I’m just throwing this out as chum, but one could argue Family Tools makes The Neighbors look better and How to Live… makes Suburgatory look worse. And again, I have noting against Suburgatory.

  • BenA

    @Dante,

    Please stop trashing about Chicago Fire. Family Tools is the real loser.

  • Billy

    What a terrible night. Everything down.

  • Zth

    Hmm so Voice still won the first hour against American Idol.

  • Androme

    Go Arrow! Keep up those ratings.
    (Yes, I know it’s renewed for season 2, but still…)

  • Matthew Chapman

    Well it looks like Family Tools could be yanked before the end of play tomorrow going by last night’s ratings.

  • Dante

    I don’t think I am “trashing” Chicago Fire. I’m just confused why NBC renewed a show that doesn’t hit a 2.0 in the desired demo.

  • eridapo

    Can’t wait to see the actual hour head to head of Idol and Voice.

  • Cougar Town Forever

    FT is done. Just get rid of it before it causes too much collateral damage.

    HTLWYP is pulling solid numbers. It should definitely be renewed, but I wonder what ABC will do with it next season,

  • TheFrenchGuy

    Go CBS !!!!

  • Glue

    They would be dumb to move the Middle to Tuesday. The Middle is getting hurt from AI and they want to put it against a stronger show (The Voice)?

    Also, this is a FAMILY lineup. The Middle is a great example of a family show and should be kept on WEDNESDAY’S. Maybe put it after Modern Family?

    How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) Holding up.

  • forg

    ABC should air a Middle or MF rerun at 8:30 next week, Family Tools is dead

  • Tessa

    It’s a miracle Supernatural isn’t falling considering what a spaghetti bowl the season finale is looking like. The showrunner has abandoned character development entirely and is relentlessly marching to the tune of his complicated, grinding plot that at points relies on perfectly intelligent human beings acting like total idiots. But hey, ratings are holding, so who cares.

    I still haven’t watched Arrow but I know what happens and that picture amuses me.

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